Many buses stone-pelted; 40+ incidents reported

Many buses stone-pelted; 40+ incidents reported

Transportation services partially restored Wednesday morning with most corporations running about 50% of scheduled buses

Around 40 to 45 incidents of stone pelting on BMTC buses were reported through the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. Stone pelting incidents were more in numbers all over on Nelamangala road on the outskirts of the city, Malleswaram, and the Peenya areas in North Bengaluru.

However, authorities managed to partially restore transportation services on Wednesday morning with most of the corporations running about 50% of the scheduled buses.

In Bengaluru, metro operations were normal but BMTC buses were not restored completely to cater to those waiting at bus stops in the early morning. 
Entire night shift operations and early morning operations were affected and the drivers were asked to park buses at safe locations and report to police and their respective depots.

Stones were pelted on Volvo buses as well plying to the airport. A few buses are plying with police protection. "The respective drivers have been instructed to report to the jurisdictional police and file complaints after parking the buses at safe locations," said Deepak, a spokesperson from BMTC. "We are yet to get the exact number of incidents as our room is still busy with calls of incidents coming in."In the southern part of the state, the KSRTC inched closer to normalcy in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Davangere, Hasan and Mangaluru divisions witnessing about 80% of the departure of scheduled buses as of 8 am on Wednesday.

Thousands of commuters are stuck in Majestic bus stand since morning, as the BMTC has stopped the operation after the reports of stone pelting incidence. 

People also had a heated argument with the BMTC officials for stopping the operations suddenly. "As BMTC was operating yesterday I thought the situation will remain the same today and came to Bengaluru to work but since morning I am waiting here to go to Jigani. If I will not report to my duty today it will be a loss of pay for us," Sreedhar, a native of Gadag told DH.

It has become common sight where people rush to the buses as soon as it arrives at Majestic bus stand. 

In Shimoga, only 35 of the 85 buses were run and Chitradurga saw the departure of 75 of the 124 buses, highlighting the number of services delayed or cancelled.

Bus services in the north-west (NWKRTC) and northeast (NEKRTC) crawled back to halfway mark with about 50% departures.

An official said complete restoration of the services was likely even before evening. Meanwhile, KSRTC released details of 12 buses that were damaged due to stone pelting.